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‌The Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) is the recognised teaching qualification for individuals who currently work as lecturers in Further Education. Read more

Introduction

‌The Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) is the recognised teaching qualification for individuals who currently work as lecturers in Further Education. It gives you the recognised teaching qualification for the FE sector, allows you to take the course at your own pace and provides opportunities to progress onto further qualifications.

If you are considering a lecturing career in Scottish Further Education, this course provides you with college-based placement experience and a highly relevant and marketable postgraduate qualification.

Accreditation

‌This course is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Course objectives

The Stirling TQFE programme has been offered for 15 years and is a well respected programme. The programme was commended in June 2012 when reviewed by the GTCs. The Stirling TQFE programme (at both UG and PG levels) integrates a range of pedagogic techniques which aim to encourage students to engage with academic and policy literature and to communicate with their peers as part of a ‘professional learning community’. Both face-to-face (on campus or on college based sites) sessions and a variety of online technologies are used to achieve the overall aims of the programme.

The Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) is designed to meet the needs of the contemporary Scottish Further Education (FE) sector. The content is based on the professional standards for FE staff as laid down by the Scottish Government and is fully accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). The course is suitable for:

In-service: Lecturers currently working in Further Education colleges
Individuals who work in other education and training contexts in post-compulsory education

Structure and content

You will complete three of the following modules:

Learner Identity and Diversity - Core module
The broad purpose of the module is that the students, employed as lecturers in Further Education colleges in Scotland (PG), will gain deeper and more critical understanding of their role and practices in the support and guidance of their students and in learning support. To this end the module aims to develop student understanding of the significance of learner identity in engagement in learning, to identify and critically assess the lecturers’ role and practices in support and guidance and learning support to particular students and groups, and to research and critically evaluate current institutional and wider practices, policies and research regarding support and guidance and learning support.

Teaching and Assessment - Core module
In this postgraduate module students encounter and critically examine some of the main theories of learning, teaching and assessment. Key to the work is the idea that practice can be informed by reflection, engagement with colleagues, with the practice setting and, importantly, through relating theory to the practice to teaching and assessing learners. This module focuses on the planning and enactment of a research-informed innovation in practice.

Professional Practice - Optional module
The module aims to enable students to critically examine their role as a vocational educator in further education and to identify areas of their practice that could be changed to improve the learning experiences of their students. Students will be encouraged to examine various debates about professionalism within further education and the implications of these debates for their own professional practice. The module will also introduce students to different frameworks of quality enhancement within further education and students will be supported in critically examining how these frameworks can enhance or hinder their professional practice. The final part of the module will focus on different approaches to professional learning with a particular emphasis on networked professional learning communities.

Professional Experiential Learning - Optional module
Those students who successfully complete the module will be expected to be able to undertake a self-directed study of a chosen aspect of their professional context/practice in a scholarly manner informed by appropriate literature. The outcomes from the study will be of benefit to the local institution, TQFE peers and the student themselves. As a consequence of completing this module students will have developed independent thinking skills, the ability to identify and frame in an appropriate way issues within their professional context/practice that are of particular relevance to them and to communicate with peers and tutors clearly and effectively about their study.

Delivery and assessment

The course is taught using a combination of lectures, seminars and materials made available via Succeed, the University of Stirling's chosen online learning environment.

The attendance requirement for most modules is two days per module, with all course materials available online in advance. Pre-service students are required to do additional work both on campus and in their college placement.

Three formal assignments are required (where a student has not been granted any exemptions) each of 3,000 words. Where the first submission is graded as a fail one resubmission attempt is allowed. Where the resubmission is graded as a fail the student must retake the module. The pass mark for postgraduate work is: 50%

A student is permitted a maximum of five assessment attempts (3 module registrations to include assessment only) per module.

In addition to the formal written assignments students are required to be observed teaching on two separate occasions and to complete a written reflective review of the observed lesson. One of the observations may be undertaken by suitably qualified college based staff.

http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/programme-information/prospectus/education/tqfe-in/

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Why take this course?. that will enable you to pursue a career as a teacher in the further education and training sector, which is predominantly students aged 16 and above. Read more

Why take this course?

that will enable you to pursue a career as a teacher in the further education and training sector, which is predominantly students aged 16 and above.

You can follow a full-time programme at the university, or train on a part-time basis at one of our partner colleges (Havant and South Downs College, Chichester College, St Vincent College campus and Eastleigh College). The full time route is intended for those not currently employed in a teaching role whereas the part time route is designed for teachers who currently work in further education and training sector. Both routes encourage you to develop subject-specific knowledge by working closely with your course teachers and work-based subject mentors.

If you are not in paid employment as a teacher, intend to specialise in Mathematics or English, and you have a relevant degree, you may be entitled to a bursary of up to £25,000 toward the full time programme. Read more: Education and Training Foundation FE-ITT Bursary.

What will I experience?

On this course, you will develop your skills as a teacher through practical activity and the study of theories and contemporary issues within further education.

You will join fellow professionals from a range of subject backgrounds for lectures and seminars, creating an effective peer network where a variety of teaching practice can be shared. You will then gain work experience in a teaching placement.

For full time students the course is similar to a full time job as you will attend lectures and seminars at the university or be on placement days per week. While hours may vary slightly a student’s average hours of attendance are from 8.30am to 4.30pm. Placements are arranged by the university for all fulltime students.

On the part time route, you will attend one of our partner colleges once per week (see college’s website for details). You are expected to have secured your own teaching placement where you will teach at least 50 hours per year and have an identified subject mentor.

What opportunities might it lead to?

This PGCE provides the skills and knowledge to take up teaching roles in further education environments, including:

Further education colleges

Sixth-form colleges

Private training providers

Public services

Voluntary organisations

The PGCE is a professional teaching qualification which is recognised by further education providers in the UK. This means upon successful completion you may gain employment with a further education provider. In addition PGCE graduates may apply to the Society for Education & Training (SET) to gain QTLS.

Module Details

Teaching Block 1 focuses on developing you as a teaching practitioner. This involves learning about teaching concepts and developing practical skills in planning and delivering lessons to a high standard, as well as assessing students. This will be delivered and assessed via the following two units:

Unit 1.1 Planning, Assessing and Evaluating Teaching and Learning Programmes: this unit encourages you to understand how to organise and plan your teaching and learning sessions and use different assessment methods, as well as start developing your own personal and professional skills.

Unit 1.2 Theories and Principles for Planning and Enabling Learning in a Specialist Subject Area: in this unit you will examine a range of teaching and learning theories, learn how to plan and develop inclusive learning into your lessons and understand how to use a range of communication and classroom management skills.

Teaching Block 2 is designed to enable you to establish a wider knowledge of the further education sector. You will research contemporary issues which are affecting further education as well as continuing to hone your teaching practice. This will be delivered and assessed via the following two units:

Unit 2.1 Professional Practice: this unit encourages you to review the development of your personal and professional skills, develop a career management file and research into a specific area of your teaching.

Unit 2.2 Curriculum Design in a Specialist Subject Area: in this unit you will learn about the range of contexts in which education and training are offered, analyse theories and models of curriculum design and understand how to promote equality within practice.

Programme Assessment

Teaching aims to demonstrate good practice and therefore employs a range of styles which include seminars, workshops, lectures and active group participation. Your time in class will develop your skills and knowledge to inform your own teaching practice and help to develop your own teaching style.

The emphasis throughout the course is on inclusive learning and teaching combined with reflective practice within a teacher’s own specialist subject area.

Each teaching block you will complete two units of study, with each unit comprising between 2 – 3 assignments. On the full-time pathway you will take both teaching blocks (four units of study) during the year. On the part-time pathway you will take one teaching block (two units of study) each year.

Each unit has varying approaches to assessment. Examples include research based essays, teaching practice files, lesson observations and logging personal development which will be supported by reflective accounts.

Student Destinations

This programme will enable you to teach in further and higher education environments. It is also an eligible course for conversion to Qualified Teacher Status.



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The Higher Diploma in Further Education is made up of three areas of professional development. 1. Foundation Disciplines of Adult and Further Education. Read more

Overview

The Higher Diploma in Further Education is made up of three areas of professional development:
1. Foundation Disciplines of Adult and Further Education
2. Professional Studies
3. Teaching Practice

Applications may be made through PAC (http://www.pac.ie) using code MHA90. The closing date for the next point of entry (September 2015) is 28 February 2015.

Registration with the Teaching Council of Ireland

1. Candidates are responsible for checking their own eligibility to register with the Teaching Council of Ireland separate from their application to Maynooth Universityfor the Higher Diploma in Further Education.

2. Candidates are required to contact the Teaching Council of Ireland for further information as applicants are dealt with on an individual basis.

3. Applicants wishing to register as a teacher in the Further Education sector must meet the requirements set out in the
Teaching Council Ireland FE Regulations

The Higher Diploma in Further Education is a professional teaching qualification in further education. It provides student teachers with the theoretical knowledge and the practical and reflective skills required to confidently work in further education settings. The course includes a 100 hours teaching practice.

Course Structure

Modules include sociology of adult and further education, learning methodologies, philosophy of adult education, curriculum studies and assessment methods, ethics and teaching practice.

Career Options

This course has professional accreditation of Further Education Initial Teacher Education from the Teaching Council of Ireland, enabling graduates to work in adult education teaching settings.

How To Apply

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC Code
MHA90

The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

In addition to details forwarded to PAC and the application details on PAC, each applicant is required to provide a short narrative in which they outline why they are applying for the course, what they hope to get from it, both personally and professionally, and what experience they will bring to the course. This narrative should be inserted into the PAC personal statement text box.

Applications via PAC are reviewed and those who are deemed appropriate are interviewed with a view to determining the suitability for the course for the student and the suitability of the student for the course. All successful applicants are required to secure Garda Clearance before undertaking placement.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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‌The Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) is the recognised teaching qualification for individuals who wish to pursue a career in the sector. Read more

Introduction

‌The Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) is the recognised teaching qualification for individuals who wish to pursue a career in the sector. It gives you the recognised teaching qualification for the FE sector and provides opportunities to progress onto further qualifications.

If you are considering a lecturing career in Scottish Further Education, this course provides you with college-based placement experience and a highly relevant and marketable postgraduate qualification.

Accreditation

‌This course is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Course objectives

The Stirling TQFE programme has been offered for 15 years and is a well respected programme. The programme was commended in June 2012 when reviewed by the GTCs. The Stirling TQFE programme (at both UG and PG levels) integrates a range of pedagogic techniques which aim to encourage students to engage with academic and policy literature and to communicate with their peers as part of a ‘professional learning community’. Both face-to-face (on campus or on college based sites) sessions and a variety of online technologies are used to achieve the overall aims of the programme.

The Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) is designed to meet the needs of the contemporary Scottish Further Education (FE) sector. The content is based on the professional standards for FE staff as laid down by the Scottish Government, and is fully accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). The course is suitable for individuals who wish to pursue a career in Further Education.

Structure and content

You will complete three of the following modules:

Learner Diversity

This is a core module within the postgraduate pre-service TQFE programme. The module provides an essential foundation for the TQFE course with its emphasis on a critical understanding of the diverse groups of students and the implications of this diversity for pedagogic and professional practice. Having studied this module students will have developed a clear appreciation of concepts such as ‘learner identity’, learner biography’, ‘cultural diversity’, ‘differentiated provision’ and the relationship between these concepts and their practice as professional educators.

The broad purpose of the module is that pre-service students of the TQFE programme (PG) develop capacity to respond positively to student diversity in giving support and guidance to learners and for their learning. This aim is supported throughout the module with a focus on the lecturer role in relation to diverse learner identities, students and groups. The module develops student capacity to identify and critically assess their role as a lecturer in relation to current institutional and wider practices, policies and research regarding support and guidance and learning support.

Teaching and Assessment 1

The module aims to provide students with an active learning space for professional enquiry into teaching and learning processes, skills and awareness, and the assessment of learning in post-compulsory contexts. Teaching and Assessment 1 focuses on broad theories of learning, pedagogic strategies and assessment for/of learning. This module focuses on the planning of a research-informed innovation in practice. The module relates to the Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges (Scottish Government, 2012) particularly the sections:

Planning and Preparing the Learning Experience.
Teaching / Facilitating Learning.
Assessment


Link Practice

This module provides the work-related element of the TQFE course for pre-service students. Within this module students will undertake a variety of activities that require them to make links between their experiences in the work-place, at the university and their development as FE teachers. The first element of Link Practice is the microteaching week on campus. During the microteaching week the students will gain experience in planning, teaching and evaluating lessons in a non-threatening environment.
As they progress through Link Practice students will be given the opportunity to focus on particular aspects of professional practice enabling them to better deal with the complexity of working in FE and addressing the work-based assignments associated with selected modules. Moreover, Link Practice provides the opportunity for students to test out and reflect further on the professional learning that occurs in college and university and through their reading.

Teaching and Assessment 2

In this postgraduate module students encounter and critically examine some of the main theories of learning, teaching and assessment. Key to the work is the idea that practice can be informed by reflection, engagement with colleagues, with the practice setting and, importantly, through relating theory to the practice to teaching and assessing learners. This module focuses on the enactment of a research-informed innovation in practice.

Professional Development

The module encourages students to examine their own professional practice in a critical manner and to relate their practice to wider processes of quality assurance at the college, department and individual level. After an initial face-to-face induction session the module is taught online using SUCCEED. A key pedagogic principle underpinning the module is that of developing a sense of a professional learning community whereby all participants are encouraged to learn with and from each other.

Students will be encouraged to examine various debates about professionalism within further education and the implications of these debates for their own professional practice. The module will also introduce students to different frameworks of quality enhancement within further education and students will be supported in critically examining how these frameworks can enhance or hinder their professional practice.

Delivery and assessment

Core modules are assessed through academic assignments that require students to make links between theory/concepts and aspects of their professional practice. Placements are assessed as part of the Link Practice module – the assessment requires students to maintain an online journal, write reports on their placement and have reports written about them by their college mentors.

Career opportunities

The course provides students with a ‘career change’ opportunity enabling them, on successful completion, to confidently seek employment as a further education lecturer. In the past some PG Diploma students have been offered employment by their placement college before completion of the course.

http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/programme-information/prospectus/education/tqfe-pre/

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Gain the qualification you need to teach in the area of special educational needs in Post-16 and Further Education, previously known as Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET), and including 14-19 provision. Read more

Gain the qualification you need to teach in the area of special educational needs in Post-16 and Further Education, previously known as Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET), and including 14-19 provision.

It is suitable whether you are new to teaching and need us to find you a placement, or if you are already working as a teacher or trainer within the SEN context and want to become qualified.

The course maps to the national framework for teaching qualifications in Post-16 and Further Education, the new Diploma in Education and Training for Disabled Learners (DET, previously DTLLS). The course is recognised by the professional body, currently the Institute for Learning (IfL) and sector body the Education and Training Foundation (EtF). It enables you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status for Post-16 and Further Education, which is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in schools. QTLS is currently awarded by IfL who charge a fee for membership and QTLS registration. An employer may be willing to pay the fee for you.

On the course, you

  • develop as a teacher in special educational needs
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of educational ideas and theories
  • engage with the latest developments for special educational needs in the Post-16 and Further Education context

You apply the course theory through your teaching practice. This consists of at least 120 hours teaching over either one year or two. During the course, University staff and your placement or workplace mentor assess your teaching practice eight times.

Key areas covered include • planning and preparing to teach • assessment for learning • teaching methods • behaviour for learning • using technology in teaching and learning • progression against the professional standards • understanding your wider professional context.

Settings of Post-16 and Further Education and Training include • further education colleges • school sixth forms • higher education institutions • adult and community learning providers • private training companies • public services • 14-19 educational providers.

After successfully completing the course, you gain a level 7 qualification equivalent to DTLLS or the new Diploma in Education and Training, but at masters level, and you can use these 60 credits towards a masters course.

We have partnerships with a range of settings across the Post-16 and Further Education sector, who provide you with a wide range of placement opportunities.

If you do not have an undergraduate degree or equivalent and need an initial teaching qualification, you can study our CertEd Post-16 Education and Training. This route is not available with the special educational needs specialism.

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Professional recognition

The course is recognised by the Education and Training Foundation (EtF).

Course structure

Modules

  • introduction to learning, teaching and assessment
  • the learner experience (SEN)
  • professional practice 1 and 2 (SEN)
  • exploring your specialist context (SEN)
  • extending teaching for learning

Assessment

  • assessment of practical teaching
  • presentations
  • planning and evaluation exercises
  • preparation of teaching materials
  • written assignments

Employability

We have an excellent graduate employment record. On average 95% of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

Previous students have gone on to teach in • further education colleges • sixth form colleges • schools • public services • private training organisations • voluntary sector.

Others work as educational development officers or similar for local education authorities, non-governmental organisations and charities.



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Gain the qualification you need to teach in the area of Post-16 and Further Education, previously known as Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET). Read more

Gain the qualification you need to teach in the area of Post-16 and Further Education, previously known as Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET).

This course is for anyone who is new to teaching and needs us to find them a placement, or who is already working as a teacher or trainer and wants to become qualified.

The course maps to the National Framework for teaching qualifications in Post-16 and Further Education and is recognised by the sector body, the Education and Training Foundation (EtF). It enables you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status for Post-16 and Further Education, which is the Post-16 equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in schools. QTLS is currently awarded by EtF who charge a fee for membership and QTLS registration. An employer may be willing to pay the fee for you.

On the course, you

  • develop as a teacher
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of educational ideas and theories
  • engage with the latest developments in the Post-16 and Further Education context

You will learn about the theory and practice of effective teaching and learning at Hallam, so that you can apply it to your teaching practice in placement. You will complete at least 120 hours of teaching over one year, and will be assigned a workplace/placement mentor to support you. During the course, your teaching will be observed eight times by your placement or workplace mentor. Your University tutor will carry out a joint observation with your mentor for four of these observations.

Key areas you will learn about on the course include • planning and preparing to teach • assessment for learning • teaching strategies and approaches • behaviour for learning • using technology to enhance learning • progression against the Professional Standards • understanding your wider professional context.

Settings of Post-16 and Further Education and Training include • further education colleges • school sixth forms • higher education institutions • adult and community learning providers • private training companies • public services • sixth form colleges.

After successfully completing the course, you gain either Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training, or a level 5 Professional Certificate in Education and Training. The level 7 qualification includes 60 credits at level 7 that can be used towards a masters course.

Course structure

Modules

  • introduction to learning, teaching and assessment
  • the learner experience
  • professional practice 1 and 2
  • exploring your specialist context
  • extending teaching for learning

Assessment

  • assessment of practical teaching
  • presentations
  • planning and evaluation exercises
  • preparation of teaching materials
  • written assignments

Employability

We have an excellent graduate employment record. Over 96% of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

Previous students have gone on to teach in • further education colleges • sixth form colleges • schools • public services • private training organisations • the voluntary sector.

Others work as educational development officers or similar for local education authorities, non-governmental organisations and charities. 



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The most recent Ofsted inspection (June 2014) judged Edge Hill University’s initial teacher education for further education to be Outstanding. Read more
The most recent Ofsted inspection (June 2014) judged Edge Hill University’s initial teacher education for further education to be Outstanding. The report commended “the exceptionally high-quality training in further education” which “develops deeply reflective trainees, guided by expert mentors who help them to attain outstanding outcomes.”

This programme carries eligibility for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. Since April 2012, QLTS has been approved by the Department for Education as being equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for schools and therefore there is the possibility of teaching in a school if your specialist subject is part of the curriculum for the given age range.

A PGCE in Further Education and Training will provide you with an endorsed qualification that can be used to teach or train in the Further Education / Lifelong Learning sector. It is suitable for those who are looking to enter teaching in the sector for the first time, as well as those who are already working in further education, a work-based learning setting, the voluntary sector or in public sector training such as the Police, Fire Service, Health Service and Prison Service. The programme will provide you with a wide range of practical skills and the insights to support you in becoming a confident and credible teacher or trainer of the highest quality.

What will I study?

This is a practice-focused programme which will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to become an outstanding teacher and trainer in the Further Education and Training sector.

The programme will develop your professionalism, consider what makes highly effective teachers and trainers, and explore current issues in the Lifelong Learning sector. You will gain a detailed understanding of the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training through a combination of self-evaluation, action planning and reflection.

Selecting an optional module in English/Literacy, Maths/Numeracy or Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), you will enhance your knowledge of effective curriculum design and development, examine the impact of resources and learning technologies, and evaluate innovative and creative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment in your chosen subject area.

How will I study?

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, as well as professional practice.

Attendance is typically two days per week on campus, with three days per week dedicated to professional practice. Please note, your professional practice requires a minimum of 100 hours teaching.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through coursework and observations of teaching and training. The assessment strategies are varied but place a significant focus on developing knowledge and skills that will be useful in practice. Portfolios of evidence, drawn from the trainee’s practice, encourage the development of innovation in teaching and learning activities.

During the programme each trainee will be observed eight times. These observations will be shared between tutors and work-based mentors. This approach offers you feedback not only on generic aspects of teaching but also the teaching of your subject specialism.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by experienced tutors and work-based mentor trainers who are specialists in their subject area.

What are my career prospects?

Successfully completing this PGCE will give you a distinct advantage as you seek employment as a teacher in further education and training.

The programme is specifically designed to allow you to demonstrate achievement of the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training. These Professional Standards, published in May 2014, stipulate the minimum professional requirement in terms of knowledge, skills and professional values. Once you have completed this programme and are active as a teacher, trainer or tutor in the sector, you will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Status Learning and Skills (QTLS) as part of the professional formation process.

For those candidates who may be experienced, and even qualified, within their professional sector, e.g. police and NHS trainers, undertaking a nationally recognised qualification may offer wider employment opportunities.

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The Further Education and Teaching PGCE provides a formal teaching qualification for people working, or wishing to work, in the further education sector. Read more
The Further Education and Teaching PGCE provides a formal teaching qualification for people working, or wishing to work, in the further education sector. This could include a college of further education, a sixth form college or an organisation such as a private training company.

The programme has an excellent reputation and in 2007 we became the first post-compulsory teacher education provider in the country to be awarded an Ofsted Grade 1.

The programme is delivered through a partnership stretching across East and West Sussex that includes full-time courses at the University of Brighton (Falmer campus) and Northbrook Metropolitan College, and part-time courses at Brighton Metropolitan College, Sussex Downs College in Lewes and Eastbourne and Sussex Coast College in Hastings.

If you already hold a degree, it is anticipated that you will graduate with a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and there may also be an opportunity to gain masters-level credits. Applicants without a first degree will graduate with a Certificate in Education.

Course structure

Students who opt for the part-time route must be working in the post-16 sector, and are normally expected to continue teaching for at least 50 hours per academic year for the duration of the course.

For the part-time in-service route you will be required to attend one half-day session per week during college term times, in addition to your regular teaching commitments. The full-time route is aimed at those who are not currently teaching and is a combination of taught sessions at the university and a teaching placement at an appropriate institution.

The full-time route is taught on our Falmer campus. The part-time route takes place at our partner colleges; Sussex Coast College Hastings, Sussex Downs College (Lewes and Eastbourne) and Brighton Metropolitan College.

Areas of study

The programme is delivered through seven modules on generic teaching and learning issues relevant to the post-compulsory sector, and reflecting the key areas identified in the new standards. It is endorsed under the Equipping our Teachers regulations 2007 originally managed by the Standards Verification UK (SVUK) but now under the control of the Institute for Learning (IfL). It meets the new Professional Standards for Teachers, Trainers and Tutors in the Lifelong Learning (post-compulsory) sector.

Syllabus

• Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
• Planning and Enabling Learning in the Lifelong Learning Sector
• Theories and Principles for Planning and Enabling Learning
• Enabling Learning and Assessment
• Curriculum Design for Inclusive Practice
• Action Learning for Subject Specialist Pedagogy
• Professional Development and Wider Professional Practice
• An introduction to teaching, learning and assessment in Education and Training
• Contemporary Issues in Education and Training
• Teaching Practice in Education and Training
• Reflective Practice in Education and Training
• Action Research to Support Subject Pedagogy

Careers and employability

The course is part of the university's continuing professional development provision, designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers and others involved in training or development, whether professional or voluntary.

Credit-rated routes to the various awards enable students to build from certificate-level through diploma, first degree, postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma to masters level.

The teachers we train are:

• highly committed to their pupils’ learning and ambitious in what they want to help them achieve
• inquisitive, critically reflective and motivated to keep learning and improving their own practice
• quick to adapt to different learning contexts and confident to challenge inequalities
• an asset to the profession, willing to share their knowledge and experience and to collaborate with others
• well-prepared for the realities of teaching, with the confidence, resilience and skills to be innovative, to take risks and be creative.

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Your programme of study. If you are about to start teaching in a College in Scotland you may need a teaching qualification alongside your specialist degree and experience in order to teach at further education level. Read more

Your programme of study

If you are about to start teaching in a College in Scotland you may need a teaching qualification alongside your specialist degree and experience in order to teach at further education level. The qualification is intended to improve your teaching experience in the class room whether you are teaching post school students or adult education in colleges. The TQFE is approved by the Scottish Government and General Teaching Council for Scotland. You are taught three courses at level 9 if you are coming from degree or 11 if you are coming from a master''s degree. You study flexibly on site whilst you teach. The online route allows for a small number of participants from different colleges to work together.

There is also a route into this qualification for you if you have a HND or HNC to study the qualification. The programme allows you to critically assess your teaching and evaluation methods and to reflect and ensure peer review in your teaching and research to enhance your practice. The programme is available to you wherever you teach in Scotland from the Western Isles, to Shetland down to Jedburgh and Dumfries. It is an idea course if you work freelance or in contract positions across Scotland within your area of expertise to secure work quickly and it is an important qualification to acquire in a new teaching role within FE.

Positions can be anything from Full time teacher or lecturer up to HE level within colleges, part time associate teacher or lecturer, freelance and cover support teaching to adult education and community education. This qualification is an important asset to your employability within the profession.

Courses listed for the programme

Developing Professional Practice in Further Education

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/943/teaching-qualification-in-further-education/

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • The programme is offered to allow you to work flexibly around your teaching and other commitments
  • The programme is accredited by both the Scottish Government and The General Teaching Council for Scotland
  • The qualification is helpful when looking for teaching work either part time, freelance or full time in colleges.

Where you study

  • Blended Learning - mostly at a college
  • 12 Months
  • Part Time
  • September start 

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/tuition-fees-and-living-costs-287.php

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

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This is an in-service part-time programme, delivered by distance learning via the University of Dundee's Virtual Learning Environment. Read more
This is an in-service part-time programme, delivered by distance learning via the University of Dundee's Virtual Learning Environment. It is offered in partnership with participating colleges, educational institutions and professional training organisations. In the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, it is worth 60 credits at Level 11 (Masters) at postgraduate level or Level 9 at undergraduate level. The TQFE programme is underpinned by the Scottish Government's (2012) Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland's Colleges which define the lecturer's role and contribution to their educational setting.

The programme is normally completed within one academic year, starting in September and finishing in May.

Why study for the Teaching Qualification Further Education at Dundee?

At University of Dundee, the TQFE programme is delivered almost entirely online, allowing you to fit your studies around your professional and personal commitments. Our virtual learning environment is open 24/7 and you are encouraged to complete the well-structured programme at your own pace. As well as our highly accessible and attractive virtual learning environment, you will benefit from a range of social media and online conferencing tools.

The TQFE team is comprised of a group of academics, some of whom are also employed in the college sector. The programme materials are kept fully up to date; our virtual learning environment gives us the agility to respond quickly to new developments in the field. Members of the team are engaged in research into a wide range of topics including educational uses of social media tools; adult learners and motivation; the design of online learning environments.

TQFE-Tutor:
Our communications and tutoring system, TQFE-Tutor, won the prestigious University of Dundee's Honorary Graduates' Award for Innovative Teaching in 2011. The system incorporates a blog, email and a Twitter account, all badged 'TQFE-Tutor'.
Visit the TQFE-Tutor blog: http://blog.dundee.ac.uk/tqfe/
The TQFE-Tutor system allows the team to guarantee that programme participants receive a timely response to any enquiries/assignment submissions.

Professional recognition:
Participants who successfully complete TQFE are eligible to register with the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Those whose teaching is primarily in the Higher Education field may apply for registration with the Higher Education Academy; they will be required to submit a 3000 word (approx) Account of Professional Practice - for which they will find their TQFE studies very helpful.

"...I feel that I am a better teacher for TQFE study; I have a better appreciation of why some students are less receptive, with a wider range of skills to successfully amend this."
Previous programme participant

Who should study this course?

The programme is designed for academic staff working in colleges and other educational institutions, who may be fairly new to teaching or who want to develop their existing teaching skills further. Programme participants are often sponsored by their employers. The Scottish Government recommends that all college lecturers should complete TQFE within three years of appointment.

"I have learnt a lot about my learners and myself and looking back, I am changing my teaching methods and materials based upon different learning theories and styles."
Previous programme participant

How you will be taught

This programme is an in-service provision offered in partnership with participating colleges and organisations. It is flexible and grounded in professional practice.

For those undertaking the full programme, there are two 30 credit modules to complete - one per semester. Credit (up to 50% of the programme) may be awarded for other teaching qualifications, upon application to the Programme Director.

Each 30 credit module requires 300 hours of notional participant effort which includes directed study via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), work-based activities, face-to-face contact at optional workshops, tutor support via TQFE-Tutor, private study and assessment.

The main features of the programme are:
- Distance, on-line learning
- Two highly recommended module workshops
- Support via blog, email, VLE, online tutorials and telephone
- University tutor team and College mentor
- Observation of teaching practice
- Written formative activities and summative assignment

What you will study

The programme provides a comprehensive teaching qualification for College lecturers, educators and trainers. Professional competences are integrated with academic rigour and coursework is underpinned by theory and critical reflection upon practice.

There are two modules in the programme - The Effective Lecturer and The Successful Learner – and these correspond to the range of knowledge and skills required for a teaching career in the tertiary education sector.

Learning materials, workshops and literature are provided to facilitate critical thinking and generate ideas, leading to critical reflection and change in lecturers' practice.

You might like to sign up for TQFE-Tutor tweets, at: @TQFE_Tutor

How you will be assessed

Participants on the Standard Entry route through the programme are given the opportunity to receive formative feedback on each of the two summative written assignments required. In addition to the assignments, participants are required to pass two practical teaching observations, at least one of which will be undertaken by a member of the tutor team (the other observation may be undertaken by an Associate Staff member within their institution).

Careers

The TQFE programme is widely recognised as a high quality teaching qualification in the post-compulsory education sector. For those wishing to build on their qualification, progression to other programmes in Education, Social Work and Community Education is straightforward.

If participants wish to undertake further qualifications, progression to BA Professional Development (UG), MEd (PG) or Doctoral study (PG Masters) is straightforward.

As this is an in-service qualification, TQFE participants are normally employed as lecturers, trainers or instructors when they join the programme (they are required to undertake a minimum of 120 hours of teaching in the course of their studies). Some employers award contribution related salary points for employees who gain the TQFE certificate.

"I'm delighted to have gained my TQFE as not only have I improved my classroom practice, but I've now been given a pay rise and am actively seeking promotion."
Previous programme participant

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The Graduate Diploma in Adult and Further Education is intended for graduates planning to teach in the adult and further. education (FE) sector and for teachers already working in this area who wish to further develop their professional practice. Read more
The Graduate Diploma in Adult and Further Education is intended for graduates planning to teach in the adult and further
education (FE) sector and for teachers already working in this area who wish to further develop their professional practice.
The programme is recognised by the Teaching Council as a professional teaching qualification for the FE sector. It should be of interest to graduates with an interest in working in other sectors in adult education and lifelong learning.
Following successful completion for the graduate diploma in Year 1, students may apply for progression to a Master’s
degree programme in Year 2.

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The PGCert Education. Further Education is a part time, three module course and is an ideal qualification if you want to increase your knowledge and skills in this sector. Read more
The PGCert Education: Further Education is a part time, three module course and is an ideal qualification if you want to increase your knowledge and skills in this sector.

This course is suitable for lecturers teaching in FE, Adult Education or for those training adults in industry or the public sector. Once you have completed the Postgraduate Certificate you can continue your studies to complete a master's degree in Education.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/pgcert-education-further-education/

Why choose this course?

You will:
- Gain further knowledge and skills that will enable you to progress in your career.

- Examine in depth the context of professional practice and will have the opportunity to relate it to your own values and experiences.

- Explore key issues and challenges raised by the complex and fast changing environment of FE.

- Have the opportunity to develop an inquiry related to your own practice.

- Be able to network and study with other practitioners in the FE and lifelong learning sector.

- Be joining a university which is widely regarded as a major contributor to the improvement of education and learning, locally and nationally. The School of Education is a focal point for lively, informed debate on education through its seminar and lecture programmes.

- Be working with highly regarded academics who are at the forefront of their subjects.

This course in detail

This course consists of three modules:

- Professionalism in the Lifelong Learning Sector
You will have the opportunity to examine in depth the context of professional practice in the Lifelong Learning Sector and to relate it to your own values and experience. You will consider the historical backgrounds of the sector and how these, along with recent initiatives, have shaped current understandings of professional identity and practice. You will examine the pressures for professional status and recognition for teachers in the sector, the drives for regulation and subsequent deregulation.

You will be encouraged to engage with a range of critical theoretical perspectives which will enable you to interrogate ideologies which operate through the discourse of 'professionalism' and to develop your own viewpoint.

The module comes together around two interlinked questions:
1. What is a professional identity?
2. How is this related to practice and the disciplinary regimes which shape the activity and subjectivity of the practitioner?

- Pedagogy in the Lifelong Learning Sector
You will focus on pedagogy in the FE context with the aim of expanding the repertoire of approaches to teaching and learning for FE professionals. This is informed by a range of theories of learning and models of teaching. You will explore key issues and challenges raised by the complex and fast changing environment of FE.

For example:
- Definitions of pedagogy and its role in effective teaching and learning with comparisons of different international approaches to pedagogical approaches.
- The importance of 'knowledge' in pedagogical practice
- A critical analysis of the way that theories of learning - behaviorist, cognitivist, constructivist and humanist inform pedagogical choice and practice.
- A critical analysis of a range of models of learning and their appropriateness to the FE context including experiential, inductive and problem based.
- Consideration of the theory of analogy and its place in FE teaching and learning.
- The role of technology in changing pedagogical approaches.
- The academic divide, vocational pedagogy and communities of practice and changing localities for pedagogy.

- Investigating practice
You will have an opportunity to develop an inquiry related to your own practice which can be assessed through either a report or a portfolio of work. This might include the development of pedagogical approaches or curriculum materials, or investigations into the achievement levels or opportunities provided for particular groups of learners. It could also include the development of professional practice through shadowing others or engaging in collaborative work across organisations. The syllabus will be determined by the focus of the inquiries selected by yourself adopting a 'learning set' approach.

How this course helps you develop

The PG Certificate aims to develop reflective practitioners at master's level. You will learn from other students with a wide range of experience working in various careers in the FE and lifelong learning sector.

Careers

Your learning on the course may lead to better prospects for career advancement. Completion of the course shows a commitment to professional development and can be used as a credit to build towards a full MA Education.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

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This is a specialist training course for teaching adult dyslexic students, covering theories on dyspraxia and dyslexia, equipping you with strategies to help these learners and providing an understanding of IT support, as well as actual teaching practice. Read more
This is a specialist training course for teaching adult dyslexic students, covering theories on dyspraxia and dyslexia, equipping you with strategies to help these learners and providing an understanding of IT support, as well as actual teaching practice. It is accredited by the British Dyslexia Association for ATS status (HE/FE).

More about this course

The aims of the course are to offer specialist training and development in teaching adult dyslexic students in higher and further education, and to provide you with knowledge of the theories that relate to specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia/SpLDs as a specialist one-to-one tutor.

The course will also equip you with a range of strategies to effectively support adult learners with SpLDs, including an understanding of IT/AT to integrate into your new or developing practice.

You are assessed via a variety of methods including course reflections, a project, a case study, presentations, teaching observation, a portfolio that includes written evidence of specialist teaching practice (minimum 30 hours across the year) and a process recording.

After the course

Graduates from the Postgraduate Certificate may go on to the Postgraduate Diploma in Assessing SpLDs and thence to the Masters in SpLDs. Graduates of the PGC:TADLHFE course need to have a good understanding of how to help adult dyslexic learners reach their full potential.

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This Professional Graduate Certificate in Education is a nationally recognised and established teaching qualification for the sector. Read more

About the course

This Professional Graduate Certificate in Education is a nationally recognised and established teaching qualification for the sector. It will equip you to teach in a variety of environments such as FE colleges, academies and schools (post-14), adult and community education, work based learning, training providers, prisons, and public services.

The course is designed to develop your teaching skills. We’ll help you to reflect on your practice and develop as a teacher. You will also have the opportunity to complete an optional module that suits your own needs and preferences.

In April 2012, Ofsted awarded our initial teacher training FE and skills provision a grade 1 (‘outstanding’) for training and assessment of its trainees. The inspectors reported on our: ‘outstanding training and assessment which results in trainees being highly reflective of their practice and possessing a good understanding of their own professional development needs.’ You will also be taught by an experienced team who have published books and articles relating to teaching in the sector.

What you'll study

During the first semester, you will study two full days a week at the University and will be on teaching placement for two days. This early integration into teaching will help you to apply the theory and skills you’re acquiring in practice. It will also give you a sound grounding in the ethos of working within the sector. You will be assigned a subject mentor on your placement and a teacher training mentor from the University who will guide and advise you throughout the course.

During the second semester you will undertake a six-week block placement to experience the wider role of the teacher and establish and enhance your knowledge and skills from the initial placement. You will also complete a week in a different setting. This is a popular activity and was recognised by Ofsted: ‘A particularly successful and productive feature of the provision is the alternative placement during which trainees visit and observe in an unfamiliar setting.’

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This course is a follow-on programme for those who have successfully completed the Certificate in Teaching. Read more
This course is a follow-on programme for those who have successfully completed the Certificate in Teaching. For acceptance onto the course students must meet the entry requirements as set out and must liaise with their employer in order to provide evidence that they are employed in an FE College or in the work based learning sector. This course is offered at the Jordanstown and Magee campuses.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/course/pgce-further-education-pt-m Magee campus; https://www.ulster.ac.uk/course/pgce-further-education-pt-j Jordanstown campus

Course description

Advanced teaching skills will be covered on the course. Your classroom practice will be observed and you will be required to draw upon reaserch and academic literature to complete your assignments.

This course is aimed at individuals already working in the FE or adult teaching sectors.

Advanced teaching skills will be covered on the course. Your classroom practice will be observed and you will be required to draw upon research and academic literature to complete your assignments.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why Choose Ulster University ?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We recruit international students from more than 100 different countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/postgraduate

Scholarships

A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

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